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Microsoft claims collecting royalties on 70% of all Android devices

Microsoft claims collecting royalties on 70% of all Android devices

Two more Android tablet makers will now have to pay Microsoft a royalty on their products or risk winding up in court. Aluratek and Coby Electronics are the latest companies to be added to Microsoft's ever growing patent-licensing list, with Microsoft saying that it now collects royalties on 70% of Android-based devices.

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Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

The group known as Pegatron Corp. have become the next in a line of companies creating hardware based around Android and Chrome OS to have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft. It's been some weeks since we heard the last case of this happening, but what each of these cases have amounted to is the same as what's going on here: Microsoft owns a gigantic batch of patents, many of which cover devices whose functionality lends itself to Android. In this case, both Android and Chrome devices made by Pegatron might otherwise have fallen under Microsoft's lawsuit umbrella unless Pegatron made an agreement with Microsoft like they're doing here to give them cash per unit sold.

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Corbis GreenLight Music launches

Corbis GreenLight Music launches

Back in 1989, Bill Gates founded Corbis for licensing digital images to other companies for different uses. The company has now expanded into licensing music with the launch of GreenLight Music. The new music offering already has some of the biggest labels in the world signed up including EMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal and Warner.

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